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SDR startup sets up at Hong Kong science park
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Software-defined radio startup TechnoConcepts announced that its Hong Kong subsidiary, Techno Ltd., has established a new headquarters at the Hong Kong Science & Technology Park.
Reference design supports wireless video monitoring systems
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12/28/2005   1 comment
Vishay's design features a 2.4-GHz wireless link with ranges up to 1000m for home intercoms, video baby monitors, home video monitoring systems, and business video surveillance
1-watt DC/DCs extend design options
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Offering OEM designers a wide range of voltage and packaging options, V-Infinity's Miniature DC/DC Converter family delivers 1 watt in approximately 85 basic single- and dual-output models for low-power mixed-signal circuits, datacom, and test and measurement.
India's science institute attacked by suspected terrorists
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A professor was killed and three others were wounded at a science conference in India by a gunman with possible ties to a terrorist group.
Tessera completes acquisition of Shellcase assets
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Tessera Technologies has completed the previously announced $33 million acquisition of certain assets of Shellcase, including all of Shellcase's wafer-level packaging technology.
TCXOs tout tight stability
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MtronPTI offers a family of low voltage, surface-mount temperature compensated crystal oscillators (TCXOs) and VCTCXOs (voltage controlled TCXOs) with tight stability and excellent aging characteristics for network and wireless engineers.
Slew-rate-controlled load switches offer range of fast turn-on times
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Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has released the SiP4280 family of p-channel load switches with slew-rate control for high-volume mobile phone and PDA power management applications that offer turn-on times between 0.5 and 1000 microseconds.
Philips transfers TSMC shares within group
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Royal Philips Electronics has acquired approximately 1,928 million shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co from its wholly owned Taiwanese subsidiary, Philips Electronics Industries.
QuickLogic, Mentor in OEM agreement on FPGA tools
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
QuickLogic customers will get access to Mentor Graphics' Precision Synthesis tool within the QuickLogic Quickworks FPGA development environment through an OEM agreement between the companies.
Report: Philips boosts stake in China TV maker
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A Chinese business unit of Royal Philips Electronics NV will buy an additional 5 percent stake in Chinese television and mobile phone maker TCL Corp., becoming the company's third-largest shareholder, TCL said in an Associated Press report.
Vishay video monitoring reference design works at up to 100 meters
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A fully digital 2.4-GHz wireless link is implemented using Vishay's direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) half duplex transceiver as its core component.
UMC reportedly seeks delisting from Taiwan exchange
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The chairman of United Microelectronics Corp., reportedly said he is considering delisting the contract chipmaker from the Taiwan Stock Exchange after being penalized for delaying disclosures.
2-Gbit DDR2 SDRAM samples for server applications
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Manufactured using 80-nm process technology, 2-Gbit DDR2 SDRAMs from Elpida have begun sampling to server manufacturers. The 2-Gbit DDR2 SDRAM devices are available in three different data-rate speeds, including 533-Mbits/s, 667-Mbits/s, or 800-Mbits/s.
Hitachi sells shares in fab-tool, IT units
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Seeking to raise much-needed cash, Japan’s Hitachi Ltd. said that it has sold a part of its holdings within its chip-equipment and systems integration subsidiaries on the open market for 18.6 billion yen ($158.5 million).
Fab venture surfaces again in Japan
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Seeking to regain lost ground in ICs, Hitachi Ltd., Renesas Technology Corp. and Toshiba Corp. are expected to be among the first companies to form the long-awaited foundry fab venture in Japan, according to a report.
Semis drive Singapore's output
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Driven by semiconductors and other products, Singapore’s manufacturing output jumped by 22.4 percent in November of 2005, compared to the like period a year ago, according to the Economic Development Board (EDB).
Memory Bulletin: DRAM index up
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DRAMeXchange’s DXI index jumped 1.13 percent to 2,695 points last week -- a trend that signifies a possible price rebound for DRAM makers in the marketplace.
India firm offers terminal reference design
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Dexcel Electronics, a five-year old design services house based here, has developed a reference design for portable electronic terminals powered by Intel’s X-Scale processors.
Camera phones to remain hot
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The camera-enabled, cellular-phone market is booming, with shipments expected to reach nearly 1 billion units by the end of this decade.
Cradle gains $18 million in funding, names CEO
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Fabless DSP provider Cradle Technologies has completed an $18 million round of financing and promoted Patrick Soheili to the position of president and CEO.
Former Synopsys exec leaving VC firm
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Gordon Hull, a former Synopsys executive, is stepping down as general partner at CMEA Ventures and planning to pursue a new career path where he can spend more time working directly with entrepreneurs.
On-chip subsystem startup adds Tokyo design center
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On-chip subsystem provider IPextreme has opened a design center in Tokyo and named design and EDA veteran Kirk Saotome head of the company's Japanese operations.
Free multicore debug configuration tool available
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To help developers just getting their feet wet in their first multicore SoC or multiprocessor designs, Lauterbach is providing a free extension to its TRACE32 debug tool, called T32Start.
Terminal blocks integrate permanent safety covers
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12/27/2005   Post a comment
Series C34/C44 terminal blocks from BlockMaster Electronics provide electrical safety with permanently attached snap-on safety covers. These covered blocks provide additional finger tip safety in high-power applications, and eliminate the loss or misplacement of covers.
Soma, Sanyo team on Caribbean broadband net
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Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. will provide broadband wireless access equipment that Soma Networks Inc. will supply to caymanone, a Caribbean operator.
Triquint opens design center in New England
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TriQuint Semiconductor announced the opening of the New England Design Center, a design and support center located in Chelmsford, Mass.
Report: Gigabit Ethernet test gear sales up
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The global Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology test equipment market will grow from $233 million in 2004 to $627 million in about five years, according to a Frost and Sullivan report.
Vendor sees ESL taking hold in U.S.
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12/27/2005   Post a comment
Adoption of electronic system-level design methodology in North America has accelerated within the past six months, according to Michael Sanie, vice president of marketing and business development at Calypto Design Systems.
Electroglas rolls out 300-mm prober
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Electroglas Inc. has rolled out the EG6000e — a fully-automatic, 300-mm parametric wafer prober said to be designed for high-throughput, low-noise measurements.
STM unveils wireless multimedia technology portfolio
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STMicrolectronics's multimedia on wireless technologies include video transcoding, advanced video encoders and robust decoders (H.264), Adaptive Playout, 802.11n WLAN, and Digital Rights Management.
Cradle gains $5 million in funding
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Cradle Technologies Inc. has received $5 million in venture capital funding from Hercules Technology Growth Capital Inc.
Nortel buys Tasman for $100 million
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Nortel Networks Corp. said that it has acquired Tasman Networks Inc., a networking company that provides a portfolio of enterprise routers.
JMAR garners DoD fab funding
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JMAR Technologies Inc. said that its Microelectronics Division has been awarded additional funding to support a foundry fab that is backed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).
Switches offer low capacitance
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12/27/2005   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc.'s ADG1233 and ADG1234 single-pole double-throw (spdt) switches operate with 12-V or 15-V supplies to deliver low capacitance and charge injection.
NEC seeks IC, cell phone partnerships
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In an effort to reverse its misfortunes, Japan’s NEC Corp. is seeking business partners for its separate and loss-ridden cellular phone and semiconductor units.
eXtremeDB integrated into I-Logix Rhapsody UML tool chain
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12/27/2005   Post a comment
McObject's eXtremeDB in-memory embedded database, has been integrated with I-Logix's Rhapsody Unified Modeling Language (UML)-based Model-Driven Development (MDD) environment.
Systems take control of power in 2006
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Power Play column, forecast for 2006 power sources and power components areas.
IC packaging providers upbeat
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12/26/2005   Post a comment
Continued strength in the IC packaging and test sector during the fourth quarter and possibly beyond has prompted an investment banking firm to raise its estimates for Amkor, Siliconware and STATS ChipPAC.
Solar hot in venture capital circles
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12/26/2005   Post a comment
U.S. venture capital firms poured $67.7 million into the solar energy sector in the first three quarters of 2005.
Samsung, Sony discuss flash supply deal
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South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is negotiating a $1.8 billion contract to supply NAND-based, flash-memory chips to Japan’s Sony Corp., according to reports.
IC enables 13.56-MHz RFID readers
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12/26/2005   Post a comment
EM Microelectronic introduces the EM4094, an analog front-end integrated circuit for 13.56MHz RFID readers.
Qualcore to expand Indian subsidiary
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QualCore Logic Inc.’s design center in India plans to add embedded software and driver development services to the organization. The Indian unit also said that it plans to increase staffing from 200 to 300 employees during the coming year.
New technologies target streaming wireless IP-based home networks
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STMicroelectronics announces a suite of technologies for next-generation home entertainment and information products.
Oregon nanotech group gains funding
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The U.S. government has approved $6.7 million in funding for the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechologies Institute (Onami), a research and development organization.
Fate of high-def DVD may lie with Microsoft
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12/26/2005   Post a comment
After months of intense wrangling between the competing Blu-ray and HD-DVD groups, the battle lines in the war over a next-generation high-definition DVD format have moved to the doorstep of Microsoft Corp.
EU group researches one-chip phone
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12/26/2005   Post a comment
In search of a single-chip cell phone, researchers worldwide are seeking alternatives to the many discrete front-end surface-acoustic-wave filters (SAWs) and other tunable radio frequency (RF) components required by today's communications devices.
Removable drives get security spec
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An industry body advocating removable hard-disk drives has started licensing content protection technology written specifically for that medium.
Comms still failing tests
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It could have been a showcase.
Gains made on disaster comms plan
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Project 25, a program developed under the auspices of the Safecom initiative in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, defines a suite of standards for interoperability that digital wireless-equipment manufacturers must meet.
Diode delivers terahertz comms
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12/26/2005   Post a comment
Garret Moddel has been propelled into commercial electronics via a joint technology development agreement between Phiar Corp. and Motorola Inc., after Phiar's demonstration of Moddel's remarkably fast terahertz diode at a meeting of the Materials Research Society in April.
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